Poll: Best interceptor of Cold War (1950-1970)?

Which is the best interceptor of the Cold War (1950-1970)?

  • Convair F-106 Delta Dart

    Votes: 8 18.2%
  • McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom

    Votes: 4 9.1%
  • Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

    Votes: 3 6.8%
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 "Fishbed"

    Votes: 2 4.5%
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 "Foxbat"

    Votes: 5 11.4%
  • English Electric Lightning

    Votes: 18 40.9%
  • Dassault Mirage III

    Votes: 2 4.5%
  • Saab 35 Draken

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sukhoi Su-9 "Fishpot"

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sukhoi Su-15 "Flagon"

    Votes: 1 2.3%
  • Other

    Votes: 1 2.3%

  • Total voters

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Lockheed F-104 Starfighter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The F-104 was the first aircraft to simultaneously hold the world speed and altitude records. On 7 May 1958 U.S. Air Force Major Howard C. Johnson, flying YF-104A 55-2957, broke the world altitude record by flying to 91,243 feet (27,811 m) at Edwards AFB.[55] On 16 May 1958, U.S. Air Force Capt Walter W. Irwin flying YF-104A 55-2969 set a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph over a 15/25 kilometer course at Edwards AFB.[55] Flying F-104A 56-0762 over NAS Point Mugu, California U.S. Air Force Lt William T. Smith and Lt Einar Enevoldson set several time-to-climb records on 13 and 14 December 1958

I'm not a fan of this aircraft type. However if that's what you want then what's wrong with the F-104? It could certainly get to high altitude in a hurry. Not terribly maneuverable but manueverable enough to intercept bombers.
Have to say as an interceptor it has to be the Lightning, once it got air-to-air refueling had the big belly tank I think there was little flying that could match it as a get up fast knock them down fighter.
The Lightning - in service - had outstanding climb ability according to everything I've read about it.

That's why the F104 Starfighter doesn't get my vote, in service it was either too short-ranged or as the developed 'sale of the century' multi-role fighter not as fast.
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